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BERCEUSE

 A Lucius Claudius Pulcher

Dors, mon Ange de la Tristesse,
 Dors sur le velours
De mon cœur plein de caresses,
 De mots tendres et d’amour !

Dors, mon Ange, le temps est soûl
 Comme une fleur d’oeillet,
Dors, mon Prince, mon astre doux,
 Ma suave clarté !

Dors, mon haut Patricien,
Dors, mon Espoir,
Sur le mont Capitolin
Rome attend ta gloire !

Dors, mon Ange de la Tristesse,
 Dors sur le velours
De mon cœur plein de caresses,
 De mots tendres et d’amour !


 Athanase Vantchev de Thracy

 

ENGLISH (My translation into English) :

LULLABY
 
 For Lucius Claudius Pulcher

Sleep, my wonderful Angel of Sorrow,
 Sleep on the velvet
Of my heart full of caresses,
 Soft words and love!

Sleep, my Angel, the time is drunk
 As a flower of carnation,
Sleep, my Prince, my sweet celestial star,
 My suave light!

Sleep, my high Patrician,
 Sleep, my Hope,
On the mount Capitolius
 Rome waits for your glory!


Sleep, my wonderful Angel of Sorrow,
 Sleep on the velvet
Of my heart full of caresses,
 Soft words and love!

Note:

Capitolius: the mount Capitolius was the heart of ancient Rome. On this mount were erected the famous temple of Jupiter Capitolius. Rome was placed by its founders Romulus and Remus, the descendents of Aeneas, under the protection of the father of all gods, Jupiter. The triumph of all Roman heros was celebrated in this temple!

Aeneas: the hero of Aeneid, poem written by the greatest Latin poet Virgil.

Virgil : Poet

Born: 15 October 70 B.C.
Birthplace: Near Mantua, Italy
Died: 21 September 19 B.C.

Best Known As: Author of the Aeneid
Name at birth: Publius Vergilius Maro

The most famous poet of ancient Rome, Virgil (or Vergil) wrote the Aeneid, one of the greatest epic poems in human history. Raised on a farm in northern Italy, he made his way to Rome as an adult and gained fame for his collections of poems Eclogues (around 39 B.C.) and Georgics (29 B.C.). A clear picture of his life is not possible, but Virgil was apparently famous during his lifetime and had friends in high places, notably the emperor Augustus. The Aeneid is Virgil's masterpiece, a national epic that tells the story of the heroic Aeneas and the founding of Rome. The long poem is often compared to Homer's the Iliad and the Odyssey, Greek epics combining history and mythology. Virgil died before finishing the work, but it was published (tradition has it that he wanted it destroyed after his death) and became a revered text for centuries. In medieval Europe Virgil became an almost mystical personage, with magic powers attributed to him and his work (he is used as the guide to Hell in Dante's Inferno). The Renaissance revived scholarly study of the Aeneid and Virgil is still considered the greatest of Roman poets.

Rome:                                                                                                              

The capital and largest city of Italy, in the west-central part of the country on the Tiber River. Traditionally founded by Romulus in 753 B.C., it was ruled first by Etruscans, who were overthrown c. 500 B.C. The Roman Republic gradually extended its territory and expanded its influence, giving way to the Roman Empire during the reign of Augustus (27 B.C.–A.D. 14). As capital of the empire, Rome was considered the center of the known world, but the city declined when Constantine transferred his capital to Byzantium (323). Alaric I conquered the city in 410, leading to a lengthy period of devastation by barbarian tribes. In the Middle Ages the city revived as the spiritual and temporal power of the papacy increased. During the 1800s Rome was held at various times by the French until it became the capital of Italy in 1871. Vatican City remains an independent enclave within the confines of Rome. Population: 2,640,000.

 

ALLEMAND (GERMAN) :

 

Wiegenlied

 

Schlaf, mein trauriger Engel,
Schlaf auf dem Samt,
meines Herzens voll Zrtlichkeit,
voller Liebe und ser Worte!

Schlaf mein Engel, die Zeit ist trunken,
wie die Blte der Nelke,
Schlaf, mein Prinz, mein ser Stern,
mein liebliches Licht!

Schlaf, mein stolzer Patrizier,
Schlaf, meine Hoffnung,
Auf dem Capitol
harret Rom deines Ruhms

Schlaf, mein trauriger Engel,
Schlaf auf dem Samt,
meines Herzens voll Zrtlichkeit,
voller Liebe und ser Worte!

Translated into German by Helgard Rémy